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Health promotion and public health
Pre-existing health inequalities in vaccine uptake were exacerbated among ethnic communities during COVID-19 pandemic
  1. Nashit Chowdhury1,
  2. Tanvir C Turin1,2
  1. 1 Department of Family Medicine, Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
  2. 2 Department of Community Health Sciences, Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
  1. Correspondence to Dr Tanvir C Turin, Department of Family Medicine, University of Calgary Cumming School of Medicine, Calgary, Alberta, Canada; turin.chowdhury{at}

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Commentary on: Watkinson RE, Williams R, Gillibrand S, Sanders C, Sutton M. Ethnic inequalities in COVID-19 vaccine uptake and comparison to seasonal influenza vaccine uptake in Greater Manchester, UK: A cohort study. PLoS medicine. 2022;19(3):e1003932. doi: 10.1371/journal.pmed.1003932

Implications for practice and research

  • Pre-existing inequalities in health for the ethnic minorities become more pronounced during a public health crisis, such as the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The healthcare system needs to account for these phenomena in addition to continuous improvement in healthcare access for these vulnerable communities.

  • More research on innovative and tailored approaches is needed to develop long-term strategies to improve health literacy, vaccine uptake and overall improved healthcare access by the ethnic minority communities in developed countries.

Ethnic communities in developed countries face health inequalities due to challenges such as socioeconomic hurdles, communication and …

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  • Funding There is no funding associated with this work.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient and public involvement statement Not applicable

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; externally peer reviewed.